Meet Our Executives
Shon Boney, one of our board members, co-founded Sprouts Farmers Market in 2002 and served as CEO from 2005 until August 2012. Shon spent his life in and around the fresh food business, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Henry Boney, and his father and fellow Sprouts co-founder, Stan Boney. Prior to founding our company, Shon held various positions with Henry's Farmers Markets and Boney's Marketplace, companies started by his father, Stan, and later merged into Sprouts in 2011.
Doug Sanders, our President and CEO, has more than 27 years of experience in the grocery business. Since joining us in 2002 at our very first store, Doug rose quickly through the ranks, serving as our Vice President of IT, Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Operating Officer and President before adding CEO to his title in August of 2012. Doug is a tireless company and customer advocate, and is also the inspirational force behind Sprouts' annual autism research benefit campaign. Prior to joining our company, Doug held a number of key management, strategic and operational positions within Brookshire Brothers, Associated Wholesale Grocers, TCI Solutions and others.
Amin Maredia, our Chief Financial Officer, brings more than 15 years of Fortune 1000 public company experience in operations finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, risk management and accounting. Prior to joining us in August 2011, Amin was with Burger King Corporation, where he held various roles including VP Treasurer and Strategic Planning, and VP Finance for the North and Latin American operations and assisted the company in its 2006 initial public offering. Amin started his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program and holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Houston.
Jim Nielsen, our Chief Operating Officer, has more than 26 years of experience in the grocery business. Jim joined us as COO in 2011 following our merger with Henry's, where he served as President for six years. Prior to that, he held various leadership positions at Wild Oats and Smith's Food and Drug. A native of Utah who got his start in the grocery business as a teenager, Jim has hands-on experience with every facet of grocery operations and brings deep knowledge in natural and organic foods. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Weber State University.
Brandon Lombardi, our Chief Legal Officer, joined us in January 2012 after leading us through our 2011 merger with Henry's as our outside legal counsel and secretary. Prior to joining us, Brandon was at the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig for 10 years where he served as outside general counsel and secretary to public and private companies in a wide range of industries, including an industry close to our heart: food retail. Brandon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Global Finance from Arizona State University and magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.
Steve Black, our Chief Information & Marketing Officer, brings 35 years of retail grocery experience in store operations, buying, marketing and IT. Steve joined us from Sunflower following our May 2012 merger, where he served as Vice President of Operations. Prior to joining Sunflower, Steve held executive and store-level management positions at Buy For Less, Bruno's Supermarkets and United Supermarkets of Oklahoma. With the emergence of Social/Mobile/Cloud technologies, his combined role of Chief Marketing & Information Officer blends together new technologies and new marketing tools that will make it easier to shop and get information wherever you are and on whatever device you use. Steve has an impressive track record of implementing next-generation IT systems, websites and apps along with being an avid fan of all things Apple®.
Ted Fumkin, our Senior Vice President of Business Development, has been in the commercial real estate world for more than 25 years. Prior to joining us in December 2012, Ted served as Vice President of Real Estate for Staples, Inc. from April 2002 through December 2012. Before that, he was Vice President of Real Estate for Rubio's Restaurants, Inc., and served in various roles for Office Depot, Wal-Mart, and Taco Bell. Ted holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University.
Jim Reynolds, our Senior Vice President of Human Resources, has been an HR professional in a wide range of industries for more than 30 years. Before joining us in July 2012, Jim was a senior HR executive for National Beverage Corp., a consumer products company, from July 2008 through November 2011. Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Brightstar Corporation, a telecommunications distribution and supply chain company, from November 2006 to July 2008. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston.